Paolo Morales‘ documentary-style photography ventures into the ambiguity of his subjects’ preoccupation with their simultaneous need for affection and intimacy, yet maintain emotional distance in urban and domestic settings. Rather than focusing on static subjects, Morales’ fascination with photographing human individuals makes for constant variable interactions, thereby leading to a more authentic and shifting picture. His intent isn’t to craft a perfectly staged outcome, but rather let it develop organically and let the viewer interpret what the subjects may be feeling or thinking. Morales’ title for his collection, “These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell”, is based on a Haruki Murakami’s novel entitled South of the Border, West of the Sun. In the novel, one of the protagonist’s love interests inquires about his feelings and further prompts him to answer in a desired way by asking, “You won’t hurt me?”, later confessing that “these days I feel like a snail without a shell”. The emotionally-laden dialogue continues in an emotionally unstable way, which is what Morales aims to project onto his interactions between his subjects. You can keep up to date with more of Morales’ work on his website.


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